[nycbug-talk] OpenBSD pf "bakeoff"

Josh Rivel josh at rivels.org
Fri Jun 15 11:17:43 EDT 2012


On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM, Isaac Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
> Wow,
> On Jun 15, 2012, at 9:46 AM, Josh Rivel wrote:
>> So after badgering my manager nonstop about how great OpenBSD with pf
>> is, he's letting me do a "bakeoff" of two identical boxes - one will
>> be running OpenBSD 5.1 w/pf, and the other a popular commercial
>> firewall software.
> Holy moses that's cool.

Indeed :)

>> I probably will not be starting this project until first week in July,
>> but wanted to get some tips (feel free to contact me off list if you
>> don't think it's appropriate) of any custom tuning or deployment tips
>> and tricks for enterprise wide OpenBSD/pf deployments, management of
>> the policies, etc.
>> I really want OpenBSD to win :)
> Well, there goes the scientific method ;)

Hahahahaha.  Well of course I want OpenBSD to win, but if it doesn't,
it doesn't.... I will be impartial during my testing, and will *not*
skew the test results!

> One sideshow-ish note which I hope helps:
> I'd crib from PFSense (yes, I know that sounds awful to any OpenBSD user, my apologies), but their stock system tuning is thoughtful, in particular, the network i/o sysctls.  Groking the intention of the sysctl tuning may be a great thing to skim through.
> https://github.com/bsdperimeter/pfsense

Awesome - thanks as always for the useful tips .ike!


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